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Standard Documents

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I was invited to participate in an exhibition organised by David Musgrave to mark the launch of his novel, Lambda. The book's narrative takes place in a consumer-surveillance dystopia, and a significant part of the text is the product of an online service that writes the protagonist's story for her automatically from her accumulated data.

The accompanying exhibition, 'i <3 your output,' took place at the Greengrassi Gallery in London, in a group show of invited artists. Other friends such as David Toop and Lawrence English also took part in the show.

The show explored the aesthetics of non-performance, object-made music, online self-surveillance, and the fragile utopia embodied by the music platform SoundCloud. A unifying point of reference is the seemingly utopian space provided by a this platform; its apparent non-hierarchical openness to all producers of audio material, while also being deeply embedded in the structures of surveillance capitalism.

I presented 'Standard Documents' which was a reworking of my earlier suite of works focusing on surveillance, using the indiscrete signals pulled down from the ether, including private mobile phone conversations. It combines early recordings of mine, with parts taken from Scanner 1, Scanner 2, Mass Observation, mixed with new sounds.

As the request of those who could not make it to the gallery itself, I mixed down the work into stereo, since in the gallery itself was distributed through multiple speakers in the space itself.

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released April 1, 2022

Written and produced by Robin Rimbaud

i <3 your output
Greengrassi Gallery
03 March - 14 April 2022

www.greengrassi.com/shows/youroutput/


Show organised by David Musgrave and Ellliot Jeffries
Filiming by Ellliot Jeffries, edited by Robin Rimbaud

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Scanner London, UK

Robin Rimbaud - Scanner is an artist and composer working in London. Since 1991 he has been intensely active in sonic art, producing concerts, installations and recordings, the albums Mass Observation (1994), Delivery (1997), and The Garden is Full of Metal (1998). His work has been presented throughout the United States, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. ... more

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